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Offline Barry Buternowsky

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« on: 02/12/2009 18:55:21 »
I wonder who had the most inventions that we wish had never been invented.

Perhaps a good candidate is Thomas Midgley:
- CFCs
- leaded gasoline

Eventually strangled to death by his own invention.

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« Reply #1 on: 02/12/2009 21:17:24 »
Who ever 'invented' MacDonalds!!

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« Reply #2 on: 03/12/2009 09:19:45 »
Who ever 'invented' MacDonalds!!

I get the strangest idea that could have been a chap by the name of.......... MacDonald
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« Reply #3 on: 03/12/2009 09:21:58 »
Perhaps Oppenheimer might be a good candidate.
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« Reply #4 on: 03/12/2009 09:50:28 »
Next thing you'll be telling me a McChicken burger has chicken in it!

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« Reply #5 on: 03/12/2009 12:24:49 »
Chicken in a McChicken burger...... I wonder if McDonalds ever thought of that?

Nah! That idea is as daft as putting beef in a Big Mac.

Personally, I don't like big macs, I much prefer a small overcoat.
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« Reply #6 on: 03/12/2009 13:39:47 »
macdo's is up the in my most hated establishments.  did you no there are more macdonalds per head of population in france then any other placde in the world.... there everywhere
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« Reply #7 on: 06/12/2009 02:58:53 »
I imagine the guillotine was up there as one of the more controversial.

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« Reply #8 on: 28/07/2010 02:50:29 »
There are more MACs in the UK.

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« Reply #9 on: 28/07/2010 07:12:50 »
The photo-chromic lightbulb.
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« Reply #10 on: 28/07/2010 09:52:00 »
I've just written a piece on Midgley - although he's widely credited with inventing CFCs and TEL, he wasn't alone; Charles Kettering played a big role. And to be fair to Midgely, he was only doing as he was told!

What people don't realise is he did a lot of other work on rubber and vulcanisation, which he considered to be his best work.

He never knew of the damaged TEL and CFCs caused to the environment because - as pointed out - he did unfortunately strangle himself in a system of pulleys he created to help him get in and out of bed after contracting polio.

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« Reply #11 on: 28/07/2010 17:00:30 »
Lead in petrol is still causing problems. Chocolate has very high levels of lead because chocolate husks are uniquely capable of soaking it up, and they still use leaded petrol in the countries where it's produced.

Chocolate is actually significantly toxic because of this, you can get lead poisoning if you eat a lot of chocolate.

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« Reply #12 on: 28/07/2010 20:43:32 »
Lead in petrol is still causing problems. Chocolate has very high levels of lead because chocolate husks are uniquely capable of soaking it up, and they still use leaded petrol in the countries where it's produced.

Chocolate is actually significantly toxic because of this, you can get lead poisoning if you eat a lot of chocolate.

And your evidence for this is...?
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« Reply #14 on: 04/08/2010 06:01:08 »
Who ever 'invented' MacDonalds!!

I get the strangest idea that could have been a chap by the name of.......... MacDonald

The original restaurant idea was developed by the McDonald brothers but it was a little burger place in California. The monster it has become is due to Ray Kroc who opened the ninth "McDonald's" and bought out the brothers along with their patented "Speedee Service System" that replaced short order cooks with a assembly line of barely pubescent teens.

The wikipedia page covers it a little but otherwise there is a great book called Fast Food Nation that goes into the history of fast food. Interesting stuff.
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« Reply #15 on: 04/08/2010 20:21:42 »
McD, a place that serves cardboard food packed in cardboard ( they taste the same) guaranteed to taste the same no matter where in the world you are. Last time I ate there was 2000, changed to a locally owned chain , it just tastes better. Anyway, of the 4 outlets that opened here when McD came to S Africa, only 2 survive still. One serves the top end of the market and the other the bottom end - cheap food made fast and sold cheap, and a lot of targeted advertising to children to get them to buy it.


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« Reply #16 on: 29/06/2011 22:33:19 »
Who ever 'invented' MacDonalds!!
hahaha
I vote for tobacco.

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« Reply #17 on: 30/06/2011 00:39:53 »
Come on folks, I think that this is an easy one!  It has to be either the Nuclear bomb or Guns!  Although the potential for a nuclear winter seems to have been looming over our heads for quite some time I suspect that guns are responsible for more unhappiness then any other artifact in human history therefore making them without doubt the worst invention ever.  Of course if your American then you probably sleep with them and have a little shrine in your gun cupboard that you worship from time to time!  [xx(]
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« Reply #18 on: 30/06/2011 00:57:42 »
Perhaps Oppenheimer might be a good candidate.

Come on folks, I think that this is an easy one!  It has to be either the Nuclear bomb or Guns!

Whoever thunk up the idea that one could ever win an arms race?

Leonardo da Vinci was a most unique inventor, yet many of his ideas were far from being practical.


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« Reply #19 on: 30/06/2011 01:06:59 »
CliffordK, I have to say that this flying machine isn't that far off from a design of a modern day hang glider..

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Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. (Einstein)

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« Reply #20 on: 30/06/2011 08:54:45 »
CliffordK, I have to say that this flying machine isn't that far off from a design of a modern day hang glider..

I think Leonardo's design was to flap the wings, and take off from the ground like a bird.  Your hang glider looks more like a buzzard condemned to take off from mountain tops.  But, having mimicked birds, Leonardo's wings do look surprisingly aerodynamic, and may create lift.

What about Leonardo's Screw Machine?

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« Reply #21 on: 30/06/2011 10:51:02 »
Look, never mind all of these, we all know the answer to this question......
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« Reply #22 on: 30/06/2011 18:03:02 »
The Lartigue Monorail system would be hard to beat. Even more so because they even tried it in Ireland.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lartigue_Monorail

(You must read the bit about the transportation of a cow.)
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« Reply #23 on: 05/07/2011 22:30:47 »
What about Antoine Louis & Tobias Schmidt  [xx(]

Oops, I see that was already taken by wolfekeeper.

How do you define an invention that the inventors are unwilling to test themselves?
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« Reply #24 on: 05/07/2011 22:43:09 »
What about Bull Durham (company), and the invention of prepackaged cigarettes.

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« Reply #25 on: 05/07/2011 23:26:04 »
go ask rube goldberg or god

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« Reply #26 on: 05/07/2011 23:53:08 »
I think I found a pretty bad invention, I am going to provide the link to the advert for it here, in a way this could be classed as spam but you would have to be pretty stupid to buy one!  I just checked the website given in the youtube advert and you will be pleased to know that even if you did want to buy one you will not be able to as they went under so to speak a long time ago, lol.

It is called the comfort wipe.  I thought it was a hoax at first but apparently it is a real product.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crfGXmxJ1vM

I watched this advert in utter amazement that someone out there actually paid to get this thing developed and then paid for the advertising.  As inventions go I would have to say it is pretty bad but what makes it worse is the trouble they went too to promote it. 
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« Reply #27 on: 06/07/2011 01:24:51 »
Perpetual motion machines and reactionless engines are some of the worst since they don't work.
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« Reply #28 on: 06/07/2011 01:31:40 »

It is called the comfort wipe. 


Ye gods! "Extends your reach a full eighteen inches."

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« Reply #29 on: 06/07/2011 02:10:22 »
Ye gods! "Extends your reach a full eighteen inches."

That is the part that made me chuckle. Absolutely ridiculous!  [:0]
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« Reply #30 on: 09/07/2011 23:30:45 »
About this time of year, farmers across the Northern Hemisphere are found standing around in circles cursing the very existence of knotters.

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« Reply #31 on: 10/07/2011 22:14:19 »
My least favorite invention is the price tag that takes forever to remove. The same idiot probably invented the glued-tight advertisement stickers that also take forever to remove. I will never buy Rubbermaid again because the outside of the container was just covered with propaganda about how wonderful the product is. Half an hour of peeling and soaking failed to remove all the leftover glue.
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« Reply #32 on: 11/07/2011 01:12:23 »
Pot Metal

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« Reply #33 on: 11/07/2011 14:01:01 »
My least favorite invention is the price tag that takes forever to remove. The same idiot probably invented the glued-tight advertisement stickers that also take forever to remove. I will never buy Rubbermaid again because the outside of the container was just covered with propaganda about how wonderful the product is. Half an hour of peeling and soaking failed to remove all the leftover glue.

Geeze, you had me worried there for a min! I'll not tell you the kinky pictures which went through my mind.
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« Reply #34 on: 11/07/2011 19:42:28 »
On that vein I will put forward that clamshell plastic wrapping that is impossible to open without either a knife or without cutting yourself.

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« Reply #35 on: 12/07/2011 03:17:29 »
On that vein I will put forward that clamshell plastic wrapping that is impossible to open without either a knife or without cutting yourself.

Somebody invented a special tool for opening those things. Comes in a plastic clamshell package.
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« Reply #36 on: 25/07/2011 20:04:09 »
What about Charlemagne & King Offa of Mercia, and the invention of the most complicated monetary system imaginable.

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« Reply #37 on: 26/07/2011 09:52:51 »
What about Charlemagne & King Offa of Mercia, and the invention of the most complicated monetary system imaginable.

Ah yes! The king made an offa Charlemagne couldn't refuse.
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« Reply #38 on: 26/07/2011 18:57:35 »
The curried tuna I once made could count as an all time bad invention.
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« Reply #39 on: 27/07/2011 08:21:41 »
For an anniversary gift, a few years ago, we were given a smoothy maker. 'Great', thought I, I love smoothies and now I can make my own, with the fruits I like the most, raspberries, loganberries, gooseberries and so on and so forth.

At the time 1ltr of a popular brand of smoothy cost around £1.50 from most supermarkets. I now discovered, to my horror, that the cost of sufficient fruit to make around ½ltr of smoothy was coming in at around £5. Needless to say, the smoothy maker has been consigned to the back of that kitchen cupboard where similar useless stuff is stored until the day it is either flogged in a boot sale or heaved in the bin.

What reminded me of this was BC's curried tuna. I do, all too clearly, recall making a smoothy from cucumber, which I find a very refreshing salad ingredient and is, after all a fruit. I don't think I have tasted anything so vile in my entire life.

I'll add smoothy makers to the list of bad inventions.
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« Reply #40 on: 27/07/2011 10:29:58 »
I am now gonna have to try a cucumber smoothy - just for the hell of it!

BTW - has anyone seen gooseberries for sale recently, I love them but just cannot seem to buy any
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« Reply #41 on: 27/07/2011 18:10:22 »
BTW - has anyone seen gooseberries for sale recently, I love them but just cannot seem to buy any

EEC banned 'em. Insufficient goose content [::)]

Nobody in these parts has even heard of them. I'd grow my own, but I think the dang deer would snarf the lot.
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« Reply #42 on: 27/07/2011 18:55:17 »
In my part of the world it's the damn blackbirds  (aside from eurocrats) - I should invest in some nets and try again
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« Reply #43 on: 28/07/2011 03:48:15 »
How would you rank a single invention that is the cause of about 1.2 million fatalities per year globally?
With about 30% of the fatalities affecting those under 25.

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« Reply #44 on: 28/07/2011 08:39:06 »
I presume you are refering to Mr Benz.
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« Reply #45 on: 29/07/2011 03:44:15 »
I presume you are referring to Mr Benz.
Well, here in the USA, we prefer to attribute it to Henry Ford...  Certainly Henry Ford did not invent the car.  He just figured out how to make a lot of them.

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« Reply #46 on: 29/07/2011 17:54:47 »
Whoever invented beer has a lot to answer for in terms of deaths, but I prefer to think of it as a necessary evil.
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« Reply #47 on: 21/12/2011 12:53:48 »
Although it was the Manhattan project that brought about the realization of the atomic bomb, it was Albert Einstein who was responsible for its development.  I believe this is one of the worst inventions that can cause destruction to humanity.

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« Reply #48 on: 21/12/2011 16:33:25 »
A further addition from the mind of a looney.

Child proof caps.

They may be very good at preventing children from accessing undesirable substances, but 'er indoors can never seem to open them. She’s forever bugging me to do it for her, or insists that I don’t close the lid/cap properly so she can open it next time.

Now you may think maybe she has weak appendages’, but I can categorically state that when she is throttling the life out of me (a common pastime of her's), she don't seem too weak to me!
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« Reply #49 on: 21/12/2011 17:15:03 »
Child proof caps.

 'er indoors can never seem to open them.
You need some kids around to help you get them open.

They can be very ingenious about getting things like that open.

Here in the USA, if you don't have young kids around, you can now request that prescription meds be put in easy-open containers.